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What it takes to play at the highest levels of the game

I have always taken a long-term view to player development.

Based on my observations of working with Elite players in North America since 1998 and the study visits I have made to top academy programs in England (Wolves/West Ham), Spain (RCD Espanyol/Sevilla/Malaga), Portugal (FC Porto ) and Italy (Chievo Verona) the top predictors for young players playing at the highest levels of the game are listed below. Predictors are player attributes that professional clubs look for in young players when assessing their potential.

I have validated this information through my studies in a Masters in Performance Coaching program at the University of Stirling in Scotland and my recent studies in Talent Identification and scouting through the Professional Football Scouts Association. I have also enclosed below some articles outlining what professional clubs look for in young players.

Technical Predictors

  • Gentle contact on the ball

  • Ability to pass long and short with correct pace/accuracy

  • Close control of ball when dribbling at pace

  • Capable of shooting with instep drive and finishing using multiple areas of the foot

  • Ability to change direction quickly and maintain control of ball in tight spaces

  • Uses leading edge of foot (small toe) to dribble

  • Ability to look up when dribbling

  • Ability to protect the ball

Psychological and Sociological Predictors

  • Demonstrate confidence by always wanting the ball and looking for opportunities to take on defenders

  • Ambition and Desire - motivated to do what is required to maximize potential

  • Mental toughness - capable of overcoming set-set-backs and adversity

  • Attention - focused and can fully concentrate during every training session/game

  • Communication - help team-mates through game situations by providing information

  • Education - good interpersonal skills and well-educated

What Professional Clubs look for when assessing young players

Opportunities we can provide for North American Players in 2021/22

1) Fleetwood Town Player ID events in Canada

2) Opportunities for scholarship placement at Fleetwood Town International Academy 3) High Performance Online Training program where you will be trained by myself directly to improve your performance standards to UK academy standards. The online training will include x3 zoom training sessions/week, benchmark performance testing, access to a home training APP used at Arsenal and Wolves and a daily online program designed to improve your technical, tactical, physical and psychological performance levels. The program will include support from EPL coaches. 4) Pathways to other partner clubs in UK, Portugal, Finland and other European countries Please feel free to email me directly at if I can assist you in implementing a short and long-term individual player development plan. "By failing to are preparing to fail"

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